Architecture of Pastoral Communities: Evidence for Cultural Convergence?

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Title:
Architecture of Pastoral Communities: Evidence for Cultural Convergence?
Author:
Smyth, Wesley Stephen
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The architecture of two geographically isolated, pastoral communities was compared to illustrate how unrelated societies with similar lifestyles can exhibit architectural convergence. The Himba, a semi nomadic tribe in northwestern Namibia, and the Navajo, a Native American tribe located in northern Arizona, were the groups I selected due to their comparable cultures, climate, and lifestyle. Photographs of village structures as well as the overall village layouts were used to make comments on the architectural similarities. The results reveal remarkable village associations, specifically the uniformity regarding the orientation of the livestock enclosures and important huts. The development of similar cultural and architectural adaptations by different communities in response to similar environmental conditions implicates the influence of cultural convergent evolution (Haviland 2010).
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Wilson, Tom

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleArchitecture of Pastoral Communities: Evidence for Cultural Convergence?en_US
dc.creatorSmyth, Wesley Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmyth, Wesley Stephenen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe architecture of two geographically isolated, pastoral communities was compared to illustrate how unrelated societies with similar lifestyles can exhibit architectural convergence. The Himba, a semi nomadic tribe in northwestern Namibia, and the Navajo, a Native American tribe located in northern Arizona, were the groups I selected due to their comparable cultures, climate, and lifestyle. Photographs of village structures as well as the overall village layouts were used to make comments on the architectural similarities. The results reveal remarkable village associations, specifically the uniformity regarding the orientation of the livestock enclosures and important huts. The development of similar cultural and architectural adaptations by different communities in response to similar environmental conditions implicates the influence of cultural convergent evolution (Haviland 2010).en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSoil, Water, and Environmental Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWilson, Tom-
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